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The evolution of Northstar Sharp's Foundation Specialists

By Deb Smith

Two of Alberta’s most respected names in deep foundations have amalgamated to form one comprehensive solution to Western Canada’s foundation construction industry: Northstar Sharp’s Foundation Specialists.

For more than 30 years, Sharp’s Construction Services Ltd. operated as a specialized sub-contractor out of Leduc, Alta. They provided foundation solutions across Canada specializing in large-diameter drilling and concrete piles. Meanwhile, established in 2005 in Clairmont, Alta., Northstar Energy Services Inc. focused on driven and helical piling,

Alva Construction Ltd. streamlines pile driving with new visualization and control system

By Judith Powers

As Alva Construction Ltd. Of Antigonish, N.S. began the timber pile component of a major project to replace the fishing wharf at Little Dover, N.S., engineering manager Reg Tramble was looking for a machine control system that would streamline the placement of the piles.

The job involved driving 180 timber piles – 132 bearing or vertical piles and 48 batter piles in the L-shaped pile work wharf section.

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